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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 6/4/21

This week, eight political parties in Israel agreed to a new coalition government that would oust Benjamin Netanyahu, a ransomware attack on the world's largest meat processing company forced beef plants in the U.S. to shut down, and the White House announced that it would distribute 25 million vaccine doses this month to countries across Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Read more below.


This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members

Zoë Baird's Markle Foundation: "Unlocking Experience-Based Job Progressions for Millions of Workers"

Nicholas Burns and Jane Harman in The Aspen Institute's Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Talk on Harman's new book "Insanity Defense"

Elizabeth Economy in Foreign Affairs: “China’s Inconvenient Truth”

Peter Feaver and Richard Kohn in Strategic Security Quarterly: "Civil-Military Relations in the United States: What Senior Leaders Need to Know (and Usually Don't)"

Susan Glasser and Fintan O’Toole CNN: "Biden's World of Challenges"

Kay Bailey Hutchison on a Bloomberg News podcast: “Balance of Power: Preview of Biden Putin Summit”

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “What the U.S. Should Learn from Israel’s Odd-Couple Proposed Government”

Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times: "Were My Criticisms of Israel Fair?"

David McCormick and Marillyn Hewson in CNBC: "4 Ways States Can Use $195 Billion in Covid Relief Funds to Spur Innovation and Growth"

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: “Covid 19 Vaccines and the U.S. National Interest”


ASG Rising Leaders in the News

"It is important for the United States to be there on the global stage acting on climate with like-minded partners and allies...We also have a role to play in helping mobilize the rest of the global economy in addressing the climate crisis."

ASG Rising Leader David Livingston was a featured speaker in the 2021 CEPS Ideas Lab Spotlight Session: "The Future of Global Climate Change Policies". Watch here.


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Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions

Julie Creswell, Nicole Perlroth, and Noam Scheiber in The New York Times: “Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business”

Dan Diamond, Emily Rauhala, and Laurie McGinley in The Washington Post: "U.S. Details Global Coronavirus Vaccine Plan, With First 25 million Doses Headed to Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa"

The Economist: “Binyamin Netanyahu’s Opponents Reach a Deal to Replace Him”

Abel Escriba-Folch, Covadonga Meseguer, and Joseph Wright in Foreign Affairs: “Global Migration Drives Global Democracy”

David M. Herszenhorn in Politico: “Biden Urged to Push EU to Be A Military Power”

David Pilling in Financial Times: “Making Chocolate Can Give Ghana A Taste of Prosperity”

Sune Engel Rasmussen in The Wall Street Journal: “Iran Investigates Fire That Sank One of Its Largest Navy Ships”


Book of the Week

Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants

By George W. Bush

“In this powerful new collection of oil paintings and stories, President George W. Bush spotlights the inspiring journeys of America’s immigrants and the contributions they make to the life and prosperity of our nation. The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions today, as it has throughout much of American history. But what gets lost in the debates about policy are the stories of immigrants themselves, the people who are drawn to America by its promise of economic opportunity and political and religious freedom—and who strengthen our nation in countless ways. In the tradition of Portraits of Courage, President Bush’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Out of Many, One brings together forty-three full-color portraits of men and women who have immigrated to the United States, alongside stirring stories of the unique ways all of them are pursuing the American Dream.”


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